Cristiano Ronaldo and his worldwide team-mates were given an official send-off on Wednesday as Portugal's president turned out to wish them all the best in Russian Federation. Portuguese newspaper A Bola had reported that the forward wanted to leave the club as he was not happy with how he had been treated by Real. The club legend wants his pay packet to be closer to that of Neymar and Lionel Messi, who now earn north of £500k-a-week at PSG and Barcelona.
His biggest problem with Madrid is not purely down to money though, he's understood to be furious at their pursuit of PSG star Neymar.
Similar reports of Ronaldo leaving Real had emerged a year ago as well after the Spanish club beat Juventus 4-1 in the final.
The 33-year-old remarkably stated: "It has been very nice playing at Real Madrid".
Hierro reportedly joins Guti and Michel in contention to replace Zidane with Joachim Low ruling himself out of the post.
In his first appearance of any kind since Real Madrid's victory in the UEFA Champions League final, Ronaldo threatened regularly in his 74 minutes but was forced to take a back seat to the eye-catching Guedes.
Ronaldo has had nine seasons at the Bernabeu and has enjoyed tremendous success after leaving United in 2009.
There's been interest from the Chinese Super League and the MLS but Ronaldo is determined to continue at the top level after previously stating he'd play on until the age of 41.
According to another report, Ronaldo became more unhappy after his agent Jorge Mendes met with the club on Wednesday.
Five-time Ballon d'Or victor Ronaldo senior went scoreless in his 150th global appearance, so the emergence of a new challenger - family or otherwise - might come as handy motivation on the eve of the World Cup. "We have the best in the world with us and we have to learn and evolve with him".